The family of Amadou Diallo is once again thinking about buying the Bronx property where he was shot and killed. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following exclusive report.
It's an address countless people have traveled to, wanting to see for themselves the Wheeler Avenue home where Amadou Diallo was shot and killed by police as the 23-year-old innocently stood in his doorway in 1999.
Now, a small "for sale" sign has been posted on the property. In an exclusive interview with Diallo's mother, Kadiatou Diallo said she'll try her hardest to buy the building.
"The Amadou Diallo Foundation will be appealing to the public to get money so that we can gather the house if, in fact, the house is for sale," Kadiatou Diallo said.
Years ago, the family expressed interest but wasn't successful in buying it.
The owner didn't want to speak about the property or a price.
It was in the vestibule where four New York City police officers fired 41 shots at Diallo. He was hit 19 times and killed. The officers said they thought he had a gun, but he only had his wallet and keys. The officers were found not guilty at trial.
Diallo's cousin Mamadou still lives here and said he thinks about Amadou all the time. There are other constant reminders.
"I saw tourists coming with those buses and coming to stand outside and taking pictures," he said.
Many people will always remember the building as the place where Amadou Diallo was killed, but his mother said she will always remember it as the last place he lived.
"It would be a true, true honor to get the house," Kadiatou Diallo said.
If it's affordable, she said it could help expand the Amadou Diallo Foundation. Last month, 27 students who received scholarships from the foundation over the years were honored. Mrs. Diallo also said a computer lab in her son's name has been opened in a rural area of Guinea for residents.
"To help to train them to have good skills. To get access to the new technology because it is a remote area," she said.
She said Amadou was passionate about computer science, and she continues to be passionate about keeping his legacy alive.